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Lostock Incinerator: Application to increase capacity received

The plans

The Lostock Sustainable Energy Plant is currently under construction following consent being granted in 2012 under Section 36 of the Electricity Act.

The facility will export 69.9MW of sustainable energy from the residual waste remaining once recycling has taken place. They have applied to the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to vary the Section 36 consent to enable them to deal with more waste while remaining within the currently approved power generation capacity.

They are proposing to increase the amount of residual waste that the facility is permitted to take, meaning that they can process an additional 128,000 tonnes of waste a year. The plans would not alter the currently approved buildings or structures, and would remain within the approved power generation capacity of 90MW.

As part of the variation process a further submission will be made to the Environmental Agency to vary the current environmental permit to reflect the increased tonnage.

The consenting process

They have submitted an application to the Secretary of State for BEIS to seek approval for the proposed changes to the existing Section 36 consent. This followed a pre-application consultation which took place earlier this year. More information on the feedback they received and how this has been taken into account can be found in the Consultation Report which can be downloaded here (PDF).

There will now be another period of consultation where interested parties can submit their comments directly to BEIS.

Residents and stakeholders can issue comments on the application directly to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s Energy Infrastructure Planning team:

Email  referencing ‘Lostock Sustainable Energy Plant – Section 36 Consent Variation Application’

The consultation closes on Thursday 2 December 2021.

You can view all of the Section 36 variation application documents and Environmental Impact Assessment Report online here.

Copies of the Section 36 variation application documents and Environmental Impact Assessment Report are also available for inspection at the following:

Northwich Library
Witton Street
Northwich
CW9 5DR

Further information on the Section 36 variation process can be found here (PDF via gov.uk). They expect a decision from the Secretary of State for BEIS later in the year.

The Application

The application seeks to vary the existing consent for the LSEP, which was originally granted in 2012 under Section 36 of the Electricity Act and varied in 2019. You can view the details of this consent here.

The application seeks to increase the amount of waste treated at the LSEP by 128,000 tonnes per annum (tpa), taking the total waste capacity of the facility to 728,000 tpa while remaining within the overall consented power generating capacity of 90MW.

In order to facilitate the proposed increase in waste treated at the site, they are applying for consent to increase HGV movements to/from the LSEP site from the consented 131 HGV arrivals (262 round trips) per day, to up to 217 HGV arrivals (434 round trips) per day. They are also seeking permission for more delivery hours on weekdays – extending from the currently consented 07:00 – 19:00 to 07:00 – 23:00.

They are not seeking to change the approved design, layout, technology, or location of the LSEP.

You can view all of their Section 36 variation application documents below:

Environmental Impact Assessment Report

The increased throughput will result in a higher number of vehicle movements to and from the site, and more hours for waste deliveries are required. Therefore, as part of the application to vary the consent, they have undertaken an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Report which looked at the potential impact of the proposal on the environment, and updates the relevant environmental assessments of the EIA work originally undertaken for the LSEP scheme in 2011. This includes updates to the transport and air quality assessments.

The full EIA Report can be downloaded below.

EIA Report